The Tigers and Stina
In 2007 and 2008, two long awaited CDs were released: Beautiful Forest by The Tigers, Perth music pillars for more than a decade, and Smell You Later, a three-way split tour EP featuring Stina Thomas, Gutter Guitar and Chris Cobilis (who, not too coincidentally, also fronts The Tigers). Beautiful Forest broke a six year recording drought while Smell You Later, recorded mainly to be sold on a tour of Japan, featured the first significant block of tracks from Thomas since her mini-album Pocket Songs was released in 2004.
These were tension-relieving records. Every year until their release the question of either Stina (the name under which Thomas records and performs) or The Tigers ever producing more recorded material grew more pressing. When they came out the consensus was yes! They will not go gently into that good night! Moreover, the new tracks were really good and showcased innovative progression in both artists. Beautiful Forest experimented with straight ahead pop structures, normally quite absent from The Tigers’ music, which is more steadfastly experimental and lighthearted (see: “Smells Like Greek Spirit”). Stina’s Smell You Later songs were indeed fleshed out songs, far more than merely wispy ideas that faded out not long after gently announcing themselves. With more of a satisfied nod than a celebratory yawp, each artist proved that they had much more to give.
This split single, to which The Tigers have contributed one song and Stina has contributed two, is Love is My Velocity’s way of making sure they keep on giving. Now That I’m Old Whatever Shall I Do With My Whimsical Hardcore Tattoos shows The Tigers in the jokier, experimental mode that has long been their trademark, the title phrase adorning the end of an otherwise instrumental, pulsating rock piece. Stina’s two contributions, Apple of Mine and Only Two touch lightly upon the melodic themes and arrangements that form their skeletons but together show Stina’s virtuosic composition and laptop mixed with synth instrumentation. These are two of the most exciting music artists operating in Perth, both bringing to bear, in different concentrations, composites of rock, pop and avant-garde that are both intelligent and playful. While they may sound different, in fact they reside on the same conceptual street.
This is the fifth in a continuing series of split seven inch records from Love is My Velocity. It is one of which we are particularly proud.
Now available in stores (check our stockists page), from our website shop and for those of you who thumb your nose at vinyl the tracks are also available to download from Itunes and Emusic.com.